A short Exhibition report - Kaleen 2022
Last Friday, I travelled to Canberra for a meeting with my financial adviser. This timing was fortuitious, as the Kaleen Model expo was happening that coming weekend.
Overnight, I spent my first night in Queanbeyan since I left in 2015. Interesting what had changed in the intervening 7 years. Of course, I headed to the railway station, and took a few detail pictures of the station.
|Queanbeyan railway station was built in 1887, just a few years after Wagga's station. It is a Whitten design, so has a number of simularities. Queanbeyan's design though is more of a gothic feel, rather than the classical lines of Wagga Wagga
The exhibition opened at 9am, and I was near the front of the queue. Not having to drive 2hrs30 minutes from Junee, meant that I was more relaxed.
|Goulburn, by the Gilford Model Railway club
|Newcastle 1899 - By Ross Balderson. Ross has been building this extensive N scale diorama for over 10 years. This I understand was its first public showing.
|Some N scale models under construction
|Another view of Yendys, showing the crowd
|Bethungra Spiral - by the Epping Model Railway club is scenically superb. Having more space, and resources was not something I had with my N scale version that I made for the Junee Broadway Museum
|Wooden locos, made and displayed by Geoff Isaac, and Bruce Sibson. These are 1/24 scale Victorian prototypes, made from Huon Pine. Brilliant
|Gunning, by Robert Popovski, has recently appeared in AMRM. This N scale layout is delightful in the details
|The Coffs Harbour club made the long trip with their massive USA themed layout. These pictures were stolen from the NMRA website, as I failed to take any myself
|Burbong bridge over the Molongo River as modelled by members of the Canberra Monaro N scale group
|Peter Dinham, also of the CMNSG, built a module of the Michellago Railway station - another Whitten station design
|Even the Lego group was getting into the prototype swing. Here an AD60 passes through Yass Junction
The Kaleen exhibition didn't disappoint - there were lots of layouts, (I have only shown a small selection), retailers, and displays.
To me, the exhibition is a way of catching up with people and retailers, and as this was my first exhibition in two years, I had a lot of catching up. I also did a bit of retail therapy. The following is my haul from the weekend.
It is good that things are returning to a sort of normal. Whilst I wore a mask all Saturday, and social distancing in some rooms was enforced; these are small prices to pay for continued enjoyment in model railways.
Until next time
|Trouble kitten supervising me whilst I am preparing these notes. Looking very regal for something less than 6 months old.